In Tucker Moodey’s view, it’s comfortable to collaborate among people who share the same skills but more successful when you work across fields. That’s the insight he brought to leading Expedia’s eCommerce Platform, which supports a growing portfolio of online travel brands. Moodey’s two years in that role have required integrating some of Expedia’s largest acquisitions, including Travelo-city and Orbitz, into centralized operations. Infrastructure grew to support a 70 percent rise in transactions, improving scale and efficiency as well as performance. To deliver, he notes, “We had to make a fundamental change.” Moodey modeled the values he sought in others, holding listening sessions with employees at all levels and appointing a task force to address barriers to a collaborative culture. While compliance was eager, he says it was difficult to find leaders who could lead across disciplines, “experts who could manage not just the tech side but the operations side as well.” His success has its proof in the 3,000 global professionals who execute the technology and operations for Expedia’s growing stable of brands that also includes Hotels.com, Trivago, HomeAway and Hotwire. Moodey also finds great value in the skills of military veterans. As executive sponsor of the Expedia Military Veterans Association, he helps Expedia engage with the veteran community, mining the values of leadership and problem solving he strives to cultivate.
Is there a Tom Kundig Life Statement?
I put a quote in my first book: “Only common things happen when common sense prevails.” I don’t know who came up with it, but it always makes me smile and it’s kind of true. If you’re looking for adventure, or something new or something worth living for, you’re looking for the edge, whatever that might be.
How do you balance your creative mind with your business mind?
I think a creative mind is a business mind because business is creative. You’re dealing with a set of issues and you’re trying to find a pathway, trying to resolve the issues, into a success.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self, when you were just starting out?
Be more secure about your abilities and less insecure about your existence so that you can do things with a well-placed confidence.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
(Laughs) I don’t know! I won’t be hearing it so I don’t really care.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can have one book, one record, one food and one person.
My wife, Jeannie. Beethoven’s Ninth. A hamburger. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Who or what is your worst enemy?
Noncritical thinking. People who don’t think about what they’re saying.
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Beatles. I share a birthday with John Lennon and sympathy with his larger musical and political agendas.
What four guests would make for the perfect dinner party?
Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Feynman, Indira Gandhi, Muhammad Ali.
Do you have a spiritual practice and if yes, how does that practice manifest?
I was raised a Unitarian, so it is a very personal spiritual practice and certainly influenced by both Buddhist teachings and Jesuit friends.
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